Author: Wes Rogers, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
The SAFECOM Interoperability Continuum has served as a pillar for the emergency communications and critical infrastructure communities to explain and improve operability and interoperability of public safety communications. However, the Continuum was beginning to show its age as the public safety community began to leverage innovative new solutions, such as cloud integration, and face new threats, such as ransomware and other cyber-attacks. To address this shift in the public safety communications ecosystem, SAFECOM, in partnership with CISA, updated the SAFECOM Interoperability Continuum. Updates to the SAFECOM Interoperability Continuum Brochure place an additional focus on information security and cybersecurity, as well as utilizing effective governance to highlight the importance of lifecycle funding.
Further, SAFECOM developed the SAFECOM Interoperability Continuum Frequently Asked Questions, a supplementary document which explains how the Continuum was updated and why, as well as other commonly asked questions to assist readers in gaining a complete understanding of the Continuum.
The public safety community is encouraged to explore and share this document to further enhance the operability, interoperability, and security of emergency communications systems.. For more information on SAFECOM, please visit: cisa.gov/safecom/about-safecom.